Last night (Oct. 4), TNA Impact Wrestling came to us live from the Impact Wrestling Zone in Orlando, Florida. There was action of all sorts, but the main focus of the show was deciding who would tag up with Sting against Aces and Eights next Sunday at Bound for Glory. Also, "King" Mo Lawal made his debut last night to introduce himself to James Storm and Bobby Roode.
Let's cut to the chase and get into some analysis:
- There were quite a few matches last night where the TNA wrestlers were attempting to "impress" Sting and Hogan to earn a spot to take on Aces and Eights. The main event featured Bully Ray, Austin Aries, and Jeff Hardy in a triple-threat, a match Bully proposed in order to impress the legends. Bully ended up winning the match, but Sting and Hogan agreed to pick Mr. Anderson, who defeated Gunner in the curtain-jerker match. Alas, it was not to be, as Aces and Eights laid the beatdown on Anderson in the parking lot. Bully pleaded his case and got the spot. Not too thrilled because I am beyond tired with Aces and Eights, but hey, it could have been Mr. Anderson.
- Also worth noting is Austin Aries taking the slow heel turn by picking on Jeff Hardy. He is near cementing it, as he jawed with Hardy after the main event match, saying that Hardy blew it for him. Considering Aries' personality in real life, a heel turn would be more natural for him and Hardy is in perpetual babyface mode. Aries will continue to be one of the best things going in TNA, but this ship is taking on water once again.
- "King" Mo Lawal came and shoved Bobby Roode down and celebrated by spewing beer with James Storm. That was literally all that happened. I've never been a big fan of Mo's and I am skeptical as to how well he will translate into pro wrestling, but this sure isn't a good way to start. He is randomly placed in a feud that was already pretty hot, so it now has just went into "WTF" territory.
- Mr. Anderson defeated Gunner in the first match of the night. I am obligated to give you that result, so that's all I'll do when the name Mr. Anderson pops up.
- Tara and Gail Kim defeated ODB and Miss Tessmacher. I do try to like this Tessmacher vs. Tara thing, but I can't care about it. Aside from Gail Kim, the TNA Knockouts are just awful.
- Al Snow and Joey Ryan will now be facing each other at Bound for Glory, as Ryan was duped into signing a one-night contract. This is something to look forward to, but it is hard to see this gem shine with the tons of coal on top of it.
- Samoa Joe beat Rob Van Dam in a television title match. Good match, but that's about it. Can we get an RVD retirement fund going?
- Kurt Angle lost to Chavo Guerrero. The key point to this was Kazarian and Christopher Daniels playing the teams against one another, which is pretty awesome when Daniels is involved. This was a good match, but I expect guys like Angle, Styles, and Daniels to be near the main event scene. Wrestling for irrelevant belts in an irrelevant promotion doesn't do it for me.
- Zema Ion retained his X Division strap against Doug Williams. I really enjoy the X Division and I am a huge Doug Williams mark, so you won't find me saying anything bad here.
- Oh, and apparently, Joseph Parks is now back to Joseph Park. He also was being electrocuted by Aces and Eights. So, yeah, there's that.
TNA made the slowest climb to the top of the rollercoaster that is the wrestling world, and now they have so rapidly descended to the depths they succumbed to before.
This show earned an "F." TNA, don't go breaking my heart. Pack your bags and leave, because I am not falling for your foolishness again.
What did you Cagesiders make of last night's episode of Impact?